Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he studied cloud chemistry with his brother Bernard and otherwise hibernated for 56 years, finally in the early 70's producing his first novel, the meta-fictional masterpiece Breakfast of Champions (or, Chinese Democracy), which litblogger Levi Asher would read during his Social Studies class in 6th grade, thus changing his life.
Years later, ironically, Kurt Vonnegut would move to the East Side of Manhattan where Levi Asher would see him on the street twice, once in a supermarket on E. 47th Street where the great meta-fictionalist was purchasing Tom Collins mix (this really happened), and once on the sidewalk at 50th and 3rd where Asher noted the author looked rather sad. The reverse is true for Indiana author Michael Martone, who appears moderately happy on the jacket photo for his eponymous novel, most likely because the photo was taken before the author could learn that he resembles American Idol winner Taylor Hicks.
The same jacket photo appears (a sign that this author is not photogenic) on Martone's The Blue Guide to Indiana. Levi Asher, who has recently adopted Parke County, Indiana as one of his favorite places not in New York City after visiting several times with his beloved Indiana-born girlfriend, feels compelled to reveal that this book is actually funnier than Michael Martone, although not as lofty a concept. There is nothing in Michael Martone, however, about the Trans-Indiana Mayonnaise Pipeline. Nor are there passages like ""Indiana has one living American Elm tree. It is preserved in a specially constructed arboretum on Elm Street in Elmsville. Consequently, the state requires visitors to provide documentation attesting to inoculation against the Dutch Elm Disease."